USS DONALD COOK
DDG 75
  
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The Donald Cook (DDG 75) is the U.S. Navy's 25th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam War hero, Col. Donald G. Cook, who was awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his extraordinary courage while a prisoner of war.

The keel was laid down on July 9, 1996, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; The ship was launched and christened on May 3, 1997. Mrs. Laurette Cook, the widow of Col. Donald Cook, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. James F. McCarthy, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

June 27, 1998 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Donald Cook underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials en route to Portland, Maine. Underway for Bravo trials from June 29- July 2; Underway for "C" trials from July 14-15.

November 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed Bath, Maine, for the last time, for a Dependent's Day Cruise to Portland; Underway in the Gulf of Maine from Nov. 9-10; Underway in the Boston OPAREA from Nov. 12-13.

November 23, PCU Donald Cook arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day visit to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

December 4, USS Donald Cook was officialy commissioned in a ceremony at Penn's Landing Pier in Philadelphia, Penn.

December 14, DDG 75 moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for its initial ammunition onload.

December 16, USS Donald Cook arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time.

February 1, 1999 The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk for a Post Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) and Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT). Port call to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Feb. 6-8.

February 21, USS Donald Cook anchored off the coast of Bermuda for a four-day liberty visit.

March 15, The Donald Cook returned to homeport after participating in a three-week complex Joint Air Defence exercise ASCIET '99.

May 27, DDG 75 arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a four-day port visit.

June 1, USS Donald Cook entered the Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

August 26, The Donald Cook pulled into Boston, Mass., for a six-day port visit.

From September 13 through Nov. 19, the guided-missile destroyer was underway again for CSSQT in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. USS Donald Cook made visits to Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and several port calls to Roosevelt Roads.

February 4, 2000 Cmdr. Matthew M. Sharpe relieved Cmdr. James F. McCarthy, Jr., as CO of DDG 75 during a change-of-command ceremony at the Nauticus museum in downtown Norfolk. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Feb. 7-10.

March 13, USS Donad Cook departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Port call to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., from March 18-21. returned home on April 7; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from May 9-22.

June 21, USS Donald Cook departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group, in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

From June 23-27, the guided-missile destroyer was underway off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, for MISSILEX and Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualification.

July 6, The Donald Cook arrived in Cartagena, Spain, for a five-day port call. Port visits to Villefranche, France, (July 13-17); Naples, Italy, (July 19-24); Venice, Italy, (July 28- Aug. 2) and Haifa, Israel, (Aug. 8-15); Supported Operation Deliberate Guard from July 24-28, in the Adriatic Sea; Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 16; Brief stop at Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 20 for refuel.

August 24, USS Donald Cook pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from Sept. 9-13.

September 29, DDG 75 arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day port call.

From Oct. 13-29, the Donald Cook supported Operation Determined Response in the Gulf of Aden, after a terrorist attack on the USS Cole (DDG 67) in the port of Aden on Oct. 12; Provided escort duties to the M/V Blue Marlin and Cole while on a long transit to United States.

December 12, USS Donald Cook returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).

July 13, 2001 The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk for sea trials after completing its pierside Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

In August, the Donald Cook participated in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) for the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group as part of the opposition forces.

December 5, 2002 USS Donald Cook departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group, in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

January 10, 2003 DDG 75 departed Valletta, Malta, after an extended port call for gas turbine main engine change out, after a crack was discovered.

January 30, The Donald Cook arrived in Triste, Italy, for a five-day port visit. Port calls to Rota, Spain, from Feb. 10-12 and 13-16th.

February 20, USS Donald Cook pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a four-day port call. Transited Suez Canal on March 16.

March 20, USS Donald Cook launched first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), in the early morning hours, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operated in the Arabian Gulf from April 2-21; Returned to Mediterranean on April 27; Port visit to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from May 5-9.

May 20, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief port call to embark "Tigers."

May 23, USS Donald Cook returned to homeport after a six-month combat deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

May 30, Cmdr. Mark T. Sedlacek relieved Cmdr. John J. Costello as commanding officer of Donald Cook.

July 19, USS Donald Cook departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, after a four-day ammo offload, for a Friends and Family Day Cruise en route to Naval Station Norfolk.

July 28, DDG 75 entered the MHI Ship Repair & Services in Norfolk, Va., for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Oct. 15-17; Underway for routine training from Nov. 6-9 and 15-19th.

December 5, The Donald Cook arrived in Naval Station Mayport for a two-day port call. Brief visit to Port Everglades, Fla., from Dec. 8-9; Underway in VACAPES Op. Area from Dec. 15-19.

September 1, 2005 USS Donald Cook departed Norfolk for a sheduled deployment, with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

March 9, The Donald Cook returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

January 17, 2007 A test of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile was conducted from the USS Donald Cook, commanded by Cmdr. John M. Esposito, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Tomahawk missile flew a fully guided 645-nautical mile test flight using global positioning satellite and digital scene matching area correlator navigation. The one-hour, 30-minute flight concluded at a target and recovery site on Eglin Air Force Base land range.

March 7, The guided-missile destroyer is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting trainings in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1.

March 21, DDG 75 recently departed Boston, Mass., after a four-day port visit.

May 19, USS Donald Cook departed Naval Station Norfolk for a six-month deployment, as part of Surface Strike Group (SSG) 07-2, along with USS De Wert (FFG 45).

June 21, The Donald Cook pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

July 12, USS Donald Cook recently arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, to participate in exercise Sea Breeze 2007, a two-week joint invitational and combined maritime exercise held annually in the Black Sea and at various land-based Ukrainian training facilities with the goals of enhancing multinational interoperability, developing Black Sea-nation maritime security capabilities, and improving involvement in Navy Europe’s larger Black Sea Theater Security Cooperation strategy.

July 24, The Donald Cook departed Istanbul, Turkey, after a scheduled port visit.

August 4, DDG 75 pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a scheduled port visit. Transited Bosporus Strait northbound on Sept. 1.

November 16, USS Donald Cook, commanded by Cmdr. William J. Parker, III, completed interoperability exercises with the Royal Moroccan Navy frigate Mohammed V (FFL 611) Nov. 5, conducting helicopter operations between the two ships during the ship's six-day visit to the country. This Moroccan engagement capped a highly successful deployment for Donald Cook, including 26 port visits to 13 countries and 17 underway exercises.

April 7, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently transiting the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the Joint Warrior 081, a United Kingdom-led multi-national warfare exercise, off the coast of Scotland, from April 19- May 2; Inport Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from May 20-2?.

April 29, 2009 The Donald Cook is currently participating in exercise UNITAS Gold in the Atlantic Ocean.

July 20, USS Donald Cook, commanded by Cmdr. Derek B. Granger, departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

January 29, 2010 DDG 75 recently pulled into Barcelona, Spain, for a rare port visit.

February 18, USS Donald Cook returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of anti-piracy and maritime security missions.

September 19, 2011 USS Donald Cook departed Naval Station Norfolk for an independent deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

October 22, Cmdr. James R. Kenny relieved Cmdr. J. Lee Bennett as CO of Donald Cook during a ceremony aboard the ship in Red Sea.

December 24, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Port Louis, Mauritius, for a four-day port visit.

April 19, 2012 USS Donald Cook returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

May 23, The Donald Cook moored at Homeport Pier in Staten Island to participate in the 25th Fleet Week New York, one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, from May 23-30.

June 13, DDG 75 pulled into Baltimore Harbor for a six-day port visit to participate in Baltimore Fleet Week.

June 29, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $20 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for USS Donald Cook fiscal 2012 Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). In dry-dock from July 18- Oct. 16; Departed for sea trials in January.

May 10, Cmdr. Cmdr. Scott A. Jones relived Cmdr. James R. Kenny as the 12th CO of Donald Cook during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

October 23, The Donald Cook is currently underway in support of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) ARG's COMPTUEX as part of opposition forces. Underway for local operations from Jan. 13-17, 2014.

February 7, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, for a two-day port call.

February 11, USS Donald Cook arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Rota, Spain, after an 11-day transit from Norfolk, Virginia. According to a plan announced in October 2011, three other guided-missile destroyers will be also forward-deployed to Rota by the end of 2015.

March 14, The Donald Cook departed Naval Station Rota for its first patrol as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility, as part of the U.S. President's Phased Adaptive Approach to European ballistic missile defense.

March 18, DDG 75 moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Greece, for a two-day port call.

March 23, USS Donald Cook departed Augusta Bay, Sicily, after a brief port call for turnover with the USS Stout (DDG 55).

March 26, The Donald Cook pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a three-day port call before participating in a trilateral exercise Noble Dina 2014; Inport Souda Bay again from April 6-8; Transited the Bosporus Strait on April 10.

April 14, USS Donald Cook moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Constanta, Romania, for a three-day port visit. Departed Black Sea on April 24.

April 27, The guided-missile destroyer moored outboard the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port call.

May 6, USS Donald Cook moored at Akantia Harbour in Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day port visit.

June 26, The Donald Cook pulled into Durres, Albania, for a three-day port visit. Participated in a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus on July 16; Inport Augusta Bay for turnover with the USS Ross (DDG 71) from July 22-23.

July 25, USS Donald Cook returned to Rota after more than a four-month Mediterranean patrol.

October 17, Cmdr. Charles E. Hampton relieved Cmdr. Scott A. Jones as CO of DDG 75 during a changeof-command ceremony at Naval Station Rota.

November 12, The Donald Cook returned to Rota after a brief underway for sea trials, following a seven-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

November 21, USS Donald Cook departed homeport for a routine Mediterranean patrol.

December 7, USS Donald Cook moored at Finger Berth in Port of Haifa, Israel, for a four-day liberty visit. Inport Augusta Bay, Sicily, from Dec. 20-24; Transited the Bosporus Strait on Dec. 26; Participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the TCG Fatih (F242) on Dec. 28.

December 30, The Donald Cook moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Constanta, Romania, for a four-day liberty visit.

January 8, 2015 The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 7, Container Terminal in Port of Varna East, Bulgaria, for a two-day port call. Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the UKRS Hetman Sahaidachny (U130) on Jan. 11; Departed Black Sea on Jan. 14.

January 16, USS Donald Cook moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay for a two-day port call; Anchored off Souda Bay, Crete, on Jan. 21; Moored at Naval Station Rota for upkeep from Jan. 25- Feb. 5; Participated in PASSEX with the FS La Fayette (F710) on Feb. 26.

March 17, DDG 75 departed Rota to resume its patrol after a 10-day upkeep.

March 22, USS Donald Cook moored at C Buoy in Plymouth Sound, United Kingdom, in preparation for the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) that will be held in and out of Plymouth Sound from March 23 through April 9.

April 2, The Donald Cook moored at Jetty #1, Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport for a four-day liberty port visit to Plymouth.

April 10, USS Donald Cook anchored off Greenock, Scotland, for a two-day visit to HMNB Clyde in Faslane before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 15-1; Returned to Naval Station Rota on April 27.

July 22, USS Donald Cook departed Rota for its third patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR, in support of Operation Active Endeavour as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2.

July 27, The Donald Cook arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, for a three-day port call.

August 13, USS Donald Cook anchored off Theoule-sur-Mer, France, for a four-day visit in conjunction with the anniversary of allied troops landing in Provence during World War II.

August 23, DDG 75 moored at Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a brief stop to refuel; Transited the Bosporus Strait northbound on Aug. 28; Participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the ROS Contraamiral Eustatiu Sebastian (F264) on Aug. 30.

August 31, USS Donald Cook moored at the newly-constructed container terminal at Quarantine Mole in Port of Odessa, Ukraine, for the in-port phase of annual NATO exercise Sea Breeze; Underway for at-sea phase from Sept. 8-11; Inport Odessa again from Sept. 11-12; Departed Black Sea on Sept. 13; Inport Souda Bay from Sept. 15-16.

September 20, The Donald Cook moored at Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a 10-day upkeep.

October 13, USS Donald Cook moored at South Quay, Container Terminal in Port of Larnaca, Cyprus, for a three-day port visit; Participated in a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) on Oct. 17; Brief stop at Augusta Bay on Oct. 27.

October 30, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey, for the in-port phase of a biennial multinational training exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2015; Underway for at-sea phase on Nov. 2; Anchored off Antalya on Nov. 6; Moored at West Fuel Berth K14 in Souda Bay from Nov. 7-8; Underway for a Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) assessment with the INSURV on Nov. 8.

November 9, USS Donald Cook moored at Berth K10 in Souda Bay, Greece, for a four-day port call.

November 20, USS Donald Cook returned to Rota, Spain, after completing a four-month patrol.

March 14, 2016 The Donald Cook departed Rota for a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

March 19, USS Donald Cook anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a three-day liberty port visit; Moored at Berth K12 in Souda Bay from March 23-25; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota from March 28-31; Transited the English Channel on April 2; Transited the Great Belt Strait southbound on April 4.

April 8, DDG 75 moored at Romanian Quay in Port of Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port visit.

April 14, USS Donald Cook moored at Berth 80a, Passenger and Cargo Terminal in Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, for a four-day port visit; Moored at Bulk Terminal in Port of Riga, Latvia, from April 19-21.

April 23, USS Donald Cook moored at northern Scheer-Mole, Tirpitzhafen Naval Base in Kiel, Germany, for a brief port call; Transited the Great Belt Strait northbound on April 24.

April 28, The Donald Cook moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota for an 11-day upkeep.

May 5, Cmdr. Timothy C. Moore, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Charles E. Hampton as the 14th commanding officer of Donald Cook.

From May 9-10, USS Donald Cook conducted routine training in the Gulf of Cadiz; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on May 11; Moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay from May 24-25.

May 27, USS Donald Cook moored at NATO Pol Pier in Gaeta, Italy, for a five-day port visit; Transited the Strait of Messina southbound on June 2.

June 19, The Donald Cook moored at Western Terminal in Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit; Participated in PASSEX with the FS Forbin (D620) on June 24; Participated in anti-submarine warfare exercise (ASWEX) and air defense exercise (ADEX), with the USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and Turkish navy frigates, on June 25.

June 28, DDG 75 moored at Berth K12, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call.

July 1, USS Donald Cook moored at Themistokleous Pier in Port of Piraeus, Greece, for a four-day liberty visit to Athens.

July 12, USS Donald Cook moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota after completing a four-month patrol.

November 18, The Donald Cook moved from Berth 1 to Berth 3, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota; Underway for sea trials, following a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), on Nov. 28; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Nov. 29.

December 3, USS Donald Cook departed homeport for its fifth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.